SMO and Ute Lemper @ Ljubljana Festival Križanke



23. 8. 2023


On the first of August, Križanke was the venue for a musical treat that transcended time, borders and genres. The Slovenian Youth Orchestra under the baton of conductor Živa Ploj Peršuh joined forces with the spectacular Ute Lemper. The evening brought together classical, chanson and contemporary music, enchanting and deeply moving the audience.   

The Slovenian Youth Orchestra, which has proved many times in the past that it offers young talents the opportunity to gain invaluable experience, has once again impressed. Their performance touched on a wide range of musical styles - from the melancholic French chansons of the legendary Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf, to the passionate rhythms of Astor Piazzolla's Argentine tango. Such genre diversity brought the audience a rich and multidimensional musical experience.   

The concert also featured songs by Kander and Ebb, famous for their musicals, as well as timeless hits by Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. A highlight was the orchestra's performance of "Three Dance Episodes" from Leonard Bernstein's opera "On the Town". Here the orchestra showed a wide range of its abilities. 

The extraordinary Ute Lemper  
German singer Ute Lemper, world-renowned for her unique interpretive style, was undoubtedly the star of the evening. Her strong voice and stage presence added a special touch to the stories told through her songs. The collaboration with the orchestra was like a poetic dialogue, and the chemistry between her and the musicians was present from the first to the last note. 


Leonard Bernstein Three dance episodes from the musical On the Town
Edit Piaf: Milord
Kander/ Ebb: Cabaret
Brecht/Weill: Weimar Suite
Jacques Brel: Je en sais pas, Ne me quitte pas, Amsterdam
Bob Dylan: The answer my friend is blowing in the wind
Piazzolla: Yo Soy Maria
Bacharach: What the world needs now is love sweet love
Ferré: Avec le Temps
Kander/Ebb: All That Jazz
Piazzolla: Che Tango che
Trainer: Que reste -t-il de nos Amour
Ronson/Mars/Kukovič: Uptown funk

Slovenski Mladinski Orkester
Ute Lemper - solo
Vana Gierig - piano
Živa Ploj Peršuh - conductor

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